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post #1 of 5 Old 10-20-2014, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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How to prevent theft

Any suggestions on preventing theft?

My neighbors property where I graze my horses had several people climb the fence and carry off his deer feeder (with 50lbs of corn in it). His gate is kept locked so they had to have lifted it over his fence.

He is nervous about his padlocked shed getting broken into next. I'm worried about keeping the horses over there. How hard would it be to get wire cutters and cut through the fence and steal the horses?

I've decided to limit the horses to only 4 hours of grazing a day, even though he has foot tall grass. Now I wonder if the reason my horses have been freaked out over there is because someone is bothering them at night? And here I was upset with them for being wimps!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-20-2014, 02:56 PM
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Can you electrify the fence? A good jolt might bring them to their senses.

Strategically placed motion cameras will get you an idea of WHO it is.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-20-2014, 03:04 PM
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Short answer is, you can't. Professional thieves won't be stopped by anything short of having armed people always on guard.

Now, non-professional thieves steal only what's easy, and leave alone what's hard to steal.

First thought: padlocks can be cut through. I'm more comfortable knowing that my horse is on a lot of space and it would be annoying to catch him; if a horse is stalled he's just there, ready, he just lacks a red ribbon. This is my opinion and I'm in no way saying that horses should not be stabled at night. I'm just saying that inside is not particularly safer than outside.

Oldest alarm system on earth: dogs. Small-thieves who just grab what's on hand won't risk being attacked. Plus if you train the dog to not eat anything that's outside their bowl.

Near the barn or shed, you can put a fake camera with a movement sensor and bright light; so when there's any movement, the light turns on and it looks like the camera is recording. Not many people want to steal in bright light. Or you can buy a real camera and record, but it's more expensive.

Be around. Don't have a routine. Make sure that, if a person is watching you, he can't really know when there will be some hours of "no one there", and when you'll come back. Thieves prefer to "work" when they know they won't be interrupted.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-20-2014, 03:11 PM
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I'd consider keeping the horses close by at night, preferably in a paddock you can see from the house and with a floodlight. You can also put up signs saying the area is under surveillance and put up dummy cameras where they can be seen. Of course you can also put up real cameras, but I'd still put up obvious dummy cameras and make the real ones less obvious.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-20-2014, 04:00 PM
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Hotfence and a couple very large dogs. It keeps the deer hunters, druggies and other idiots off my place. And most around here know I'm not afraid to shoot if I see them.
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